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Ramping up …

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.

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JAMES HENSLEY Air Force

Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship program. The yearlong program to train in intensive, trauma and emergency care ended Aug. 7. Nurses…

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First generation Marine has passion for sport

Courtesy photo Cpl. Mauricio Sandoval, Bulk Fuel Company Charlie NCO in charge of administration, holds his daughter, Yaretzy, 1. When military personnel take the oath to serve their country, they enlist to serve a purpose greater than themselves. The military life is a selfless journey, but there are times one must make room in the…

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LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Health & Safety

Entomology: Keeping food, base pest free

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Stephen Beeson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, sprays pesticide around the perimeter of the entomology building Aug. 8. Entomologist perform a variety of duties to help fight pests, including performing public health inspections, controlling the weed population and assisting the Bird Abatement Strike Hazard program. Entomology Airmen…

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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

Lt. Gen. rolls out F-35 program priorities during all call

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Gen Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer held an all-call Aug. 5 on Luke Air Force Base. The general spoke to Thunderbolts about the F-35 program and priorities. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, visited Luke Air Force Base and held an all-call to brief…


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Salutes & Awards

Salutes and Awards

Posted  November 30, 2012

Air Force announces supplemental promotions The following individuals were selected for promotion to the next rank: Master sergeant Christopher Seltmann, 56th Fighter Wing Weapons Safety Staff sergeant Damian King, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron Senior airman Ikaisha McCoy, 56th Security Forces Squadron; Jason Reed, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron; David Trott, 56th Operations Support Squadron; and Christopher…

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Thanksgiving Day

Posted  November 30, 2012

Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Amador, 56th MSG superintendent, carve turkey Nov. 22 during Thanksgiving Day brunch in the Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility at Luke Air Force Base. Approximately 200 military members and retirees, along with their families, were served throughout the day. Col. Yolanda Bledsoe,…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Airman 1st Class Daniel Rakowski 56th Contracting Squadron Contract specialist Hometown: Tehachapi, Calif. Years in service: One Family: Parents, Ed and Sherri Education: Pursuing a Community College of the Air Force degree Inspirations: My family, friends and everyone who has shown me support Goals: Make below-the-zone and cross train into tactical air command and control…

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Health & Safety

Keep holiday weight off dinner plate

Posted  November 30, 2012

Temperatures are dropping, holidays are approaching, stress levels are rising and, for many, weight starts increasing. In fact, the average American gains approximately two to five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Is it really a problem if a person gains one to two pounds during the holidays? According to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Registered Dietician…

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New info out on requesting Citibank credit balance refunds

Posted  November 30, 2012

With GTC and CSA accounts merged back under the GTC program, requesting an eligible credit balance refund from Citibank when an account has been overpaid requires several things to think about. Remember … split disbursement is no longer required for 100 percent of travel voucher reimbursement. A traveler should calculate expenses charged to the GTC…

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Local

Street Beat – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Nov. 9 through 23: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 12 moving and 15 nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Nov. 14: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at Bldg. 545. There were no injuries. Nov. 19: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident at…

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Air Force News – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing The F-35 Lighting II, Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first…

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People First – November 30, 2012

Posted  November 30, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Woof! “Major”…

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Base tax center seeks volunteers for 2013 tax season

Posted  November 30, 2012

The Luke Air Force Base Tax Center will open its doors to file returns for the Luke Air Force Base community Jan. 14, 2013. Last year, the tax center filed more than 1,800 federal and state returns, saving the Luke community over $300,000. To offer this service once again, the tax center requires the support…

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Health & Safety

Diet, exercise takes diabetic to living medication-free

Posted  November 30, 2012

George Varrato, real estate agent specializing in military home loans and sales, has helped service members for years with real estate needs. Four months ago, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Varrato said diabetes runs in his family. His mother and sister both had it, so he believed he could develop it as well….

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